Below are testimonials gathered from a few of our athletes. These are thoughts, feelings and success stories that are directly related to the coaching of CoachPearson.com. If you feel that we have affected you in a positive way, please feel free to share your story on our website!
"Joel is the best coach I ever had! Before we met I didn't know I was allowed to have goals and dreams like I do now. Joel gave me the training, support, and belief that I could be a world class runner someday. After a difficult year for me where I was injured for over six months and then hit by a car I started running for Joel and 8 months later I dropped my 5k from 21:46 to 18:55 and ran my first marathon in 3:12! I have no doubt that with Joel I will continue to improve and reach my goals. If you commit your running 100% to Joel, he will commit to you 110%!" - Emily Uhlig - 4th USA 50k Championships, 3:12-Marathoner.
"Jim / Joel's program has really worked for me! Since I've started training with them I've increased my strength, speed, endurance and confidence. I went from being an 11:09 3200 meter runner to running the 5k in 15:31 in 12 months. Then I went on to set the American Junior Record in the 50k which I would have never thought possible before! I believe in Joel and Jim's programs to improve not only my times but my overall health and well being."-Oliver Bear Don't Walk American Jr 50k Record-3:10:07
"Joel and Jim Pearson both have great insight on all aspects of my training such as workouts and weekly schedules designed toward achieving my goals. Under the coaching of Jim and Joel I have surpassed all my goals including lowering my 1600 time from 4:54 to 4:29, and making it to state in the 3200 (9:35), as well as setting the county freshmen record in the 5k (15:54). The coaches are the most dedicated I have ever seen and committed to the athlete's success!" - Tom Bradley - 4:29, 9:35, 15:54 - HS Freshman
"Jim is the one that introduced me to running, and his guidance probably saved my life and he steered me down the right path. If it was not for Jim I would not have become the runner I became. Their philosophy on running is superior to any other system I've been trained under. Those that follow this system will see vast improvements in their time, and well being. The Pearsons are so welcoming and concerned about their athletes, that a trust is formed, and it is clearly visible in all their athletes." - Clayton Hemlock -3:50 / 14:26
Well, you had a life-changing influence on me (and Matt, too). We often talk about the old days of running with you, the trips to Portland, the hour runs on the track. It's all just part of our DNA now. I will always remember how I would come out of the gym at the college and you would be there, just finishing up 10 miles on the track before you headed out on a run with me. I was awestruck.
I don't know what you did or how you did it, but you pulled out of me every competitive instinct I had. And, I hold you totally responsible for my love affair with all my running watches ... I now have a Garmin 405 (got it for last year's birthday). I've always liked knowing where I am on all my running routes, I like remembering my splits and paying attention to how I'm feeling when I happen to get to some split 15 seconds faster than ever before. I even care if it's 5 seconds faster. There are about 7 people in the world who really care about that stuff, but you're the one who taught it to me. And, I remember going on runs with you in Bellingham and always, always having to run around the stop sign or not cutting across a corner but running it exactly. You said I would only be shortchanging myself if I cut a corner. To this day I can't do it and it's because of you. Honestly, Jim, you've changed the lives of so many people through running. Yes, I had an interest in running, and I'm sure underneath things I was competitive, but you taught me about the importance of being consistent, about paying attention to times, about how to really hang it out there and hurt, which in the end is one of my favorite aspects of running ... getting myself right to the edge of my pain threshold and then finding I can hurt even more.
Sorry for the rant, but you definitely made a huge difference in our lives!
I met the Pearson family due to our shared commitment in running every single day. Jim and Joel's combined streak of running every day is 57 years, and I am at 8 years. Coaching together as a team, they continue to create some truly amazing runners. My past college coaches made me believe that I was incapable of high mileage or demanding workouts, but what they couldn't take away from me was my passion for running. I was convinced that I was a talentless runner with overly ambitious goals that I will never come close to reaching. But I continued to run after college due to my love and enjoyment of running. It was just a few years ago when I met the Pearsons, and they led me to believe that I am capable of being a good runner. Their philosophy is based on running--if I want to run--I need to RUN. Distance runners need to put in a lot of work--high weekly mileage, long runs, quality workouts, and most of all is consistency in the training. The work is up to me, and the Pearson's continue to remind me that I have the potential and strength to become a successful runner. I believe in their training methods and since I began running under their guidance, I have become free from the plagues of injuries and have developed an even greater passion and motivation to run.